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    Dear Lafayette Community,

    I am so thankful for having the privilege of serving this community and working with such a gifted staff.  Over the past week, I sat in on Student-Led conferences and am so impressed with our student’s ability to articulate where they are currently in reading and math while setting goals for the spring.  Students have grown so much in this arena.  I hope you enjoyed attending the conference and feel free to contact your child’s teacher at any time to discuss their progress towards their goals.  My door is also always open!

    November and December are months when we reflect on the past year and our accomplishments.  It is a time for reflection and future planning.  I wish you all a very peaceful holiday season and hope that you are able to spend lots of time with family and friends. Please check out our calendar since there are many opportunities to participate in various activities at the school.  See school calendar.

    I look forward to continuing our work in 2020!  Have a safe and restful holiday!   Please contact me at 206-252-9505 or stop in anytime.


    Cindy Chaput


    Lafayette Elementary

    Seattle Public Schools


    Winter is right around the corner and we are so excited for the many fun activities and learning that are taking place at Lafayette!  As you may have heard, we’re looking forward to our first STEAM Celebration/Open House on Wednesday, Dec. 18th in the morning when students will share the learning and great work they’ve been doing during our first STEAM session.  I’ve had a chance to drop by the STEAM classes and see student-guided inquiry, exploration, and lots of enthusiastic and inspired learners getting fun glimpses of fields that might pique their interests throughout their academic and future careers! 

    As Winter Break approaches, please remember that breaks are wonderful times that we treasure with family and also can be challenging for many students who thrive on routine.  Be sure to keep reading over break with your student consistently to build healthy life-long habits.  Warmest wishes to you and your family for a lovely winter break!

    Laura Kaplan

    Assistant Principal

    Lafayette and Gatewood Elementary Schools

    Seattle Public Schools




    Hello Wonderful Lafayette Community,

    We have three weeks until Winter break.  In PE, we will mostly be reviewing what we have already learned and applying our skills to some new activities and games.  My focus will be to encourage students to be active outside of their PE time.  One suggestion is to take part in Running Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays during lunch recess.  Another suggestion is to take part in the family challenge I issue with my newsletter.

    Here’s what to look forward to in December:

    Psychomotor- Locomotor Movement patterns (hopping, shuffling, running). Throwing and Catching.  Large and small group games.

    Cognitive- Expectations and Behaviors Review. 

    Social/emotional- Problem Solving and Sharing.

    Progressive Plank: 15 Seconds

    Yoga Pose: Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

    Family Challenge: Play an active game together once a week.

    As a reminder please have all students come to PE with the proper attire and shoes, because it is unsafe for them to participate otherwise.

    Thank you,

    Shawn Cudney

    Physical Education Specialist

    Lafayette Elementary School




    Third and fourth grade clay projects came out of the kiln in beautiful vivid colors.  All grades have used oil pastels this past few weeks and have learned to create art inspired by the Impressionist painters.  Third through fifth grade had an Art History lesson that included techniques that Impressionist painters applied to their art making after the creation of photography.  Students were introduced to the  idea of creating a frame that does not attempt to contain all the contents of the subject.  All students have been creating pastel drawings of the sky with overlapping lines, blended pastels and a light source.  Kindergarten through second grade students are making paper lanterns to adorn the hallways of Lafayette during the winter light festival December 5th and 6th.

    Nicole Bajaj

    Fine Arts




    Hello Lafayette Families! 

    I want to start off by saying thank you to all the students at this incredible school, and how amazing their singing was during the Veterans Day assembly. Also, a big thanks for our Leopard Leaders for providing us with such a beautiful readings and poems for the Veterans. 

    And, a very special thanks for our Veterans again for helping us support and honor those who have served. 

    In music for the weeks before and after our Thanksgiving break:

    K/1- Working on proper skills and techniques with instrument playing. We have played a variety of percussion instruments, and now we are focusing our learning on tubano drums and xylophones.

    2nd- We are working on rhythmic and melodic composing assessments. I had each student work on phrase compositions where they create a phrase and then use rhythms that we have learned to match that phrase. 

    We are now on challenge two where they now include sol-fa syllables to their rhythm and phrase.

    Challenge three will be notating a melody to match their rhythm and sol-fa phrases.

    The Students will then individually perform their compositions. 

    This assessment is to help understand how each student processes the information in class, and how well they are able to reproduce it.

    3rd- The week we are back from thanksgiving break, we will begin learning more about the recorder and begin basic techniques and practice. Also, working on drum circles with the tubano drums, and xylophone practice and fine tuning technique and skills.

    4/5- Will be working on rhythmic and melodic assessments based on state standard requirements and what we have been working on from the beginning of this year to now. Also, working on drum circles with the tubano drums.

    Now that we are in the winter season, I have also begun teaching the students winter songs to have prepared for our winter singalong assembly. 

    The Kindergarten and 1st will be singing The Little Snowflake, and Frosty the Snow Man.

    The 2nd and 3rd will be singing Jingle Bells, and My Favorite Things.

    The 4th and 5th will be singing Winter Wonderland, and Somewhere in my Memory.

    I believe it will be an excellent assembly to bring us into our winter break.

    Thank you for all you support Lafayette Families!


    Mr. Payne

    Music Instructor

    Instrumental Music 

    Dear families of Instrumental Music students: 

    We have finished the first trimester (10 weekly lessons); the beginners should be able to play some recognizable tunes by now, and hopefully are enjoying the process.  The advanced groups (second year students) are learning how to play more challenging, group pieces, and learning how to function as members of a musical group.   We are all working together to prepare an Instrumental Music concert on June 4, 2020.  Please mark you calendars for this event.  I am also in the planning stages for an additional performance opportunity for our advanced students.  I will be sending a letter home when dates are finalized.

    Because learning to play an instrument requires the coordination of mind and body, only regular, consistent repetition will give the needed skills.  Please make sure your children have both the time and space to practice at home, a minimum of 4 days a week and at least 20 minutes at a time.  This may require some careful examination of the calendar and their schedule, but it is absolutely necessary that they practice in order to build the skills for successful musical performance.

    The students benefit from recognition, especially statements like “ I recognize that tune.  Sounds good”: or “I can tell you are really making your best effort.”  I hope you are observing many opportunities for comments like these.

    Wishing you the best of the Holiday season,

    Tim Burk

    Elementary Instrumental Music at Lafayette




    Hello! My name is Alison Angell, and I am the nurse at Lafayette Elementary. I am at Lafayette on Mondays, Tuesdays, and every other Wednesday. Please stop by, call, or email me if you have any health concerns for your child. Health Office: 206-252-9507; Email:

    Seattle Public Schools priority is the health and safety of our students. All students must be in compliance with Washington State Immunization laws (RCW 28A.210) to be enrolled in school. “In compliance” means that the student is: a) fully vaccinated, b) in process of getting vaccinated, c) has a lab report that shows immunity to the disease and does not need the vaccine or d) has a signed Certificate of Exemption for a medical, religious, religious membership or personal reason.

    Note: as of July 28, 2019, personal exemption is no longer valid for the MMR (measles) vaccine. On December 16, SPS will send out formal exclusion notices for students who are out of compliance. This means that the student will not be able to attend school until the immunization records are in compliance. Don’t let your child miss out! Contact your school nurse now if you have received information that your child might not be in compliance.

    For more information regarding immunizations contact your school nurse or go to:


    counselor's Corner


    Thankful.  What a powerful word.  I hope everyone took the time over Thanksgiving break to reflect on what you are thankful for in your life.  I am most thankful for my family, my health and my work.  What are you thankful for?  I also encourage you to take the time to share with others why you are thankful for them; it will make you both feel good!

    Kindness.  Another powerful word.  During the month of December, Lafayette is having a school-wide Kindness Challenge.  Each classroom will be brainstorming ways they can spread kindness – with the goal of filling someone’s bucket!  Please ask your child about these exciting challenges:

    • Each classroom has a 100 Acts of Kindness poster.Every class that completes their 100 Acts of Kindness poster will earn a popcorn party.
    • Each student will also have their own kindness challenge.
      • K-2 will get a Kindness Bingo sheet.K-2 Bingo Sheets may be turned in to me or their teacher whenever they are finished with all the tasks.K-2 students will receive a small prize from me for completing the Bingo sheet.
      • 3-5 will get a December Kindness Calendar.Students that turn in a competed calendar by January 10, will be invited to a special pizza party lunch.

    Classroom Lessons.  We are continuing to work through our Second Step lessons.  In   K - 2nd, students are exploring their feelings.  They are learning to pay attention to people’s facial expressions, body language and tone of voice.  Students in K – 2nd are also learning about the importance of following directions and using positive self talk.  In 3rd - 5th, students are learning how to be assertive, how to manage their worries and how to show empathy and respect to others.

    If you have any questions, or if I can support your child or family in any way, please reach out!  My email address is    I am at Lafayette on Mondays, Tuesdays and every other Wednesday.  I will be at school on the following Wednesdays in December:   12/4 and 12/18.


    Kenna Hart, School Counselor

    Traci Hogrefe

    English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher, Interventionist, & Education Technologist


    English Language Learners

    Does your child speak another language at home? If so and you are interested in having your child’s English Language assessed, please contact me via email:

    You can find more information on Seattle Public Schools’ website.

    Do you need an interpreter or school documents translated? Please contact me, I’m here to help.


    Reading Intervention

    Tier 2 instruction outside of the classroom has now begun for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders reading below grade level. We have tutors and a certificated teacher intensely working with students in small groups outside the classroom 2-3x a week. Teacher and tutors are using SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) and The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention System (LLI) to offer extra support to boost students’ reading level. Ask your student’s classroom teacher for more information if you are interested.


    Education Technology

    The Education Tech leader (ET) is a building leadership position that seeks to improve teaching and learning through education technology and digital learning. ETs work with the Digital Learning Specialist on creative ways technology can empower student learners. ET professional development is anchored in the SPS Foundational Beliefs.

    The SPS Student/Teacher Portal (Clever) allows users to easily access a selection of applications with one sign in. Students and teachers sign in to a SPS computer and navigate to apps like Typing Club, Office 365, Schoology and the Source.

    Typing Club is the online typing curriculum for SPS students. It is ADA compliant and is an effective way for students to learn how to type. It is easily accessible from the Student Portal. Here are the links to documents that provide directions for your students to access Typing Club:


    Accessing Typing Club From School

    Accessing Typing Club From Home


    Upcoming Events



    : Thursday 5th - Winter Lights Festival 5-7 pm     

    : Friday 6th - Coffee w/Principal 8 am,

    : Book Fair, Craft Fair, WinterLights Festival 5-7 pm

    : Thursday 12th - 1st Grade to Seattle Children's Theatre for the Production of Corduroy.

    : Friday 13th - 3rd Grade to MoPOP

    : Friday 20th - Kindergarten Party 9am, Winter Sing A Long Assembly 12:30 pm, 1 hour Early Dismissal

    Winter Break

    December, Monday 23rd - January, Friday 3rd